Seven incredible Australia v England ODI moments you won’t forget
As the Green and Gold boys prepare to take on the old enemy in the ICC Cricket World Cup, Tom Staggard counts down some of his favourite ODI moments between the two sides.
7. Jason Roy’s master blasting
In what was probably a career-defining innings for the South African-born Englishman, Jason Roy battered the Aussies to all areas of the MCG to kick start the 2018 ODI series.
Roy soared to England’s highest ever ODI score with a blistering 180 off just 151 balls which included 16 boundaries and five maximums.
After Aaron Finch’s ton got Australia to a competitive score of 304, the power of Roy and the guile of Joe Root (91*) guided England to an easy victory.
6. Beefy Botham’s 1992 reminder
Members of England’s 2019 side will be hoping to repeat some of Beefy’s magic from 1992 as this was in fact the last time the Poms last beat Australia at a World Cup.
Botham took 4-31 to help skittle the Aussies for just 172 on their home soil at the SCG.
He backed this up with a solid 53 with the bat to give the Aussies their third defeat of the tournament and all but end hopes of a home World Cup victory.
The display proved as a final reminder of Botham’s all-round acumen following a decade of terrorising Australian batsman and bowlers.
5. A ton of drama as Finch stars
Current Australian captain Aaron Finch played a crucial role in getting Australia’s 2015 World Cup hopes off to a flying start with a 111-run win over England at the MCG.
The Victorian smashed 135 off 128 balls on his home deck and was well supported by fellow Victorian Glenn Maxwell’s 66 off 40 balls.
The real drama came when poor James Taylor (98*) was given out lbw following a Josh Hazlewood rip snorter.
The decision was overturned on DRS, only for Maxwell to throw the stumps down and catch number 11 James Anderson short of his ground.
Anderson was given out run out and Taylor was left stranded just two runs shy of a maiden ODI ton.
The ICC later reviewed the decision and ruled that a dead ball was the correct decision – I’m sure that’s no consolation to the luckless Taylor.
4. Bichel’s Port Elizabeth show
Queensland’s Andy Bichel was often in and out of the Australia one day side but his performance at the 2003 World Cup showed just how potent he was with the ball in hand.
Ripping through the England top order with blistering career-best figures of 7-20, Bichel then backed up his performance with the bat to help guide Australia to victory.
Joining legendary finisher Michael Bevan at the crease, Bichel’s 34* off 36 balls helped secure yet another victory over England at the ICC World Cup.
3. James Faulkner’s Gabba heist
57 runs required.
Clint McKay the only hope at the other end.
To say James Faulkner pulled Australia out of a hole at the Gabba in 2014 is a gross understatement.
Faulkner became known as the best modern finisher since Bevan after his incredible 69 not out came off just 47 balls.
With the Aussies chasing 301 for victory, following a brilliant century from future England captain Eoin Morgan, all hope looked lost when Mitchell Johnson departed with the score at 9-244 with just six overs remaining.
Enter Faulkner, who finished the chase with three consecutive boundaries to secure the win with three balls to spare.
It remains one of the great finishes in ODI cricket.
It kills me to write about but this was one of the most incredible feats achieved on a cricket field in the 50-over format.
England’s absolute obliteration of the Australian attack at Trent Bridge in 2018 showed exactly why the Poms fancied themselves as 2019 World Cup contenders.
Alex Hales (147 off 92 balls) bettered teammate Jonny Bairstow (139 off 92) ever so slightly, while keeper Jos Buttler (67 off 30) put the finishing touches on a world record display.
England thrashed 21 sixes and 41 boundaries en route to becoming the first side to clear 450 runs in ODI history.
Australian bowler AJ Tye also achieved the shocking distinction of recording 0-100 off just nine overs, failing to achieve his full quota without bringing up the bowling ton.
In reply, the Aussies were skittled for just 237 from 37 overs to give England one of their biggest victories in ODI history.
1. Paul Collingwood’s worldie
It’s often been called the greatest ODI catch of all time.
When Matthew Hayden slashed a short, wide ball from Steve Harmison back in 2005 many assumed the ball was heading to the fence.
That was until Paul Collingwood stuck his right mitt up and took one of the most outstanding catches of the modern era.
The catch has been somewhat overshadows after the incredible Ashes series which followed – some would argue the greatest of all time – but the catch has still been played countless times and sticks out to many, including myself, as the best catch of all time.